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Elhassan: Should Durant leave OKC to join Curry and the Warriors?

When Kevin Durant hits free agency, he will have to decide where he can win. Which team can help most? Amin Elhassan examines the choices and makes his recommendation.

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McMenamin: Even for the King, loss stings

Avery Bradley's buzzer-beating 3-pointer left the Cavs at a loss. It's been awhile, seemingly, since a first-place team had so many question marks swirling around it, Dave McMenamin writes.

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Seven NBA rookie surprises, from Philly to OKC

When rookies exceed expectations, it gets our attention. Chad Ford and Kevin Pelton look at seven surprises from the rookie class, including one making a difference for a contender.

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Strauss: Stephen Curry takes capital by storm

Stephen Curry's 25 first-quarter points brought the D.C. crowd to its feet, cheering as though their guy had hit a buzzer beater for the home team, Ethan Sherwood Strauss writes.

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2dGreg Rosenstein

LeBron drops to No. 9 in fantasy re-draft

LeBron James drops to No. 9 as ESPN.com's fantasy basketball experts re-draft players at the midpoint of the NBA season. Who else saw a major drop? And who rose up the charts?

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Isiah underrated among all-time greats?

Magic Johnson and other NBA legends said #NBArank had Isiah Thomas too low. Are they right? Kevin Pelton examines if the Hall of Fame point guard is really underrated or overrated.

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Dwyane Wade discovers time travel

And he took advantage of Flashback Friday for a dunk on the Hornets.

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What should Kevin Durant do?

Amin Elhassan says the versatility of Atlanta and Golden State's offenses would allow Durant to dominate within the context of the team scheme. Elhassan's recommendation (Insider)

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Sport Science: Durant as legends

Kevin Durant does Allen Iverson's crossover plus legendary moves by Dr. J. and Michael Jordan in the Sport Science lab.

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Paul George hits fadeaway, one-footed 3

The Pacers star was hoping for a foul, but got a highlight-reel 3 instead.

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Elhassan: 'Coach Karl deserves better'

ESPN's Amin Elhassan says he told George Karl not to go to the Kings.

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ICYMI: Butler carted off, Bulls fall to Nuggets

Jimmy Butler was carted off after suffering a sprained left knee as the Bulls fell to the Nuggets.

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There's no pleasing Gregg Popovich

Ask too many questions? Pop gets mad. Jeff Van Gundy went the opposite route and asked one question. Pop got mad.

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Perhaps the only positive from the Mavs' blowout loss is the fact that none of the Dallas starters played more than 26 minutes. Coach Rick Carlisle, who has frequently rested players in back-to-backs, expects all five starters to play Saturday night in Memphis.

Should George Karl be fired?

Bobby Jackson believes that it might be time for the Kings to move on. DeMarcus Cousins thinks the team's problems extend beyond "energy and effort."

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Reports: Kings mull firing George Karl

The Kings (21-29) are increasingly concerned about their floundering play under George Karl and are hoping to delay any decisions about his future until the All-Star break, according to ESPN's Marc Stein & multiple reports. Story

Avery Bradley sinks Cavs with game winner

The Cavs could only lose to a 3-pointer.

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Cavaliers try red rover defense

Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson call on Jonas Jerebko to come over.

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Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA

Kings are so fascinating. Karl hasn't done a good job, but they are ~.500 w/ Cousins healthy. That is in line w/ reasonable expectations.

Al Horford, the destroyer of worlds

Let all cower before his dunking might.

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But Parsons doesn't go that high

Chandler Parsons was looking for a layup. Jonathon Simmons says there's no layups here.

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Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

ESPN coaching sources say Nancy Lieberman "unlikely" to be named interim coach if George Karl indeed let go. One option: Corliss Williamson

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

No decision has been made yet whether George Karl will coach the three games to go on Sacramento's trip (Boston, Cleveland and Philadelphia)

Did Draymond Green start a trend?

Draymond Green poured water on Steph Curry Wednesday. Andre Drummond got Reggie Jackson Thursday. Then, DeJuan Blair hit John Wall with the water Friday.

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Spurs make easy work of the Mavs

LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard combined to outscore the Mavericks in the first half en route to a 116-90 win for the Spurs.

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Celtics stun Cavs with buzzer-beater

Avery Bradley's 3-pointer at the buzzer capped a 10-4 Celtics' run in the final 48 seconds to give Boston the stunning 104-103 win.

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Spurs crush Mavericks for 42nd win

San Antonio's lead was never in doubt, smashing Dallas 116-90 to tie its best 50-game start in franchise history (tied with 2010-11 Spurs). This is also the 14th win by at least 25 points for San Antonio -- already third best all-time. Box score

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Bulls lose Jimmy Butler, fall to Nuggets

Denver outscored Chicago 42-21 in the final frame to rally from 18 down and knock off the Bulls -- who lost All-Star Jimmy Butler to a knee sprain in the first half -- 115-110. Box score

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